Outrage (emotion)

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Outrage is a strong emotion characterized by reaction of shock, anger and indignation to a grave personal offense.[1] It comes from old French and meant "beyond rage".[2] The offense violates acceptable standards of behavior and the anger is directed at the person(s) who committed the act.

Moral outrage is concerned with maintaining and enforcing moral or societal norms or social hierarchy. Moral outrage is differentiated from a personal offense in that it is triggered by observation of injustice, perceived violations of deeply held beliefs around taboos, privileges or norms by a third party to which the observer may have no immediate relationship. Emotions experienced are usually anger and disgust in combination.[3]


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  3. "The Interactive Effect of Anger and Disgust on Moral Outrage and Judgments".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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